Pakistani cable TV blocks BBC over documentary

AP News
Posted: Nov 29, 2011 2:08 PM
Pakistani cable TV blocks BBC over documentary

Operators have blocked BBC World News because of a documentary critical of the country's commitment to fighting Islamist militants, the president of Pakistan's cable TV association said Tuesday

Khalid Arain said the decision was implemented after the network showed the documentary, "Secret Pakistan," on Nov. 23.

The BBC says on its website that the two-part documentary explores accusations by CIA officials and western diplomats that Pakistan is failing to live up to its commitments in the war on terror.

Tensions are especially high after NATO airstrikes accidentally killed 24 Pakistani soldiers Saturday.

The U.S. and other countries have criticized Pakistan for refusing to target Afghan insurgents using its territory to attack NATO troops in Afghanistan.

The BBC issued a harsh statement in response. "We condemn any action that threatens our editorial independence and prevents audiences from accessing our impartial international news service," it said.